District Updates

November 9, 2021

Updated CDPH testing guidance states “Antigen tests are acceptable to determine both the presence or absence of active infection with SARS-CoV-2 in individuals with or without symptoms. Repeat antigen testing and/or confirmatory molecular testing should be considered in individuals who receive a negative result with an antigen test but have symptoms specific for COVID-19 (such as loss of taste and smell).” 

SLO Public Health Department also recommends that a confirmatory molecular test be completed if the symptomatic individual has had an exposure (i.e. in quarantine or modified quarantine) within the last 10 days. 

What does this mean for Lucia Mar?

  • We can now accept a rapid antigen test for a student or staff member who displays symptoms
  • If the symptoms are a loss of taste or smell the individual should still get a PCR test as those are COVID specific symptoms
  • We can not accept a home test. The rapid antigen test must be observed by a medical professional. (Pharmacies, Med Stop, Urgent Care etc.)
  • If the student or staff member has been in close contact with a COVID positive person they should still get a PCR test.

Testing locations in SLO county for PCR and antigen tests can be found at this https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/testing-locations.aspx

October 7, 2021
We appreciate your ongoing partnership in ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff. As we continue to navigate the latest State public health orders, we have received many questions around the topic of the Governor’s newest vaccine mandate. Here are the latest health and safety updates from the State:

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that California students will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend in-person classes once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes full approval of the shots for their age groups. (Find full announcement here)

It is expected that the current mandate would apply to all school employees, and students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public, charter and private schools. This mandate could go into effect as early as January 1, but more likely July 1, following the Federal Drug Administration’s full approval of the Covid vaccine for each age group.

There are still many questions surrounding the Governor’s announcement and we expect there to be additional details released in the coming weeks. As soon as more information becomes available, we will share it with you.

For more information on vaccines in San Luis Obispo County:
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What specifically did the Governor announce? 

The Governor, utilizing the emergency regulation process provided to the administration in the 2015 school vaccination bill, Senate Bill 277 (Pan, D-Sacramento), noted that as vaccines receive full U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for youth, those students will be required to be vaccinated. This was simply a press conference, no action has been taken.

What does this mean for our students? 

Once federal regulators fully approve the vaccine for youth 12 and up, the state will require students in 7th through 12th grades to get vaccinated in both public and private schools. Newsom said he expects that requirement to be in place by July 1, 2022. The Governor's Office expects the COVID vaccine will receive full approval for youth 12 and up by January 2022. Once that occurs, that vaccination will be added to the school vaccine requirement list effective July 1, 2022, to affect the 2022–23 school year. 

What is the current school vaccination/immunization requirement in California?

Effective July 1, 2019

Immunizations required to enter Kindergarten: Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP), Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chickenpox) 

Immunizations required to enter 7th grade: Tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis booster (Tdap), Varicella (Chickenpox) 

Can families "opt-out” of the Governor's future emergency mandate? 

According to the statement made by Governor Newsom, medical, religious and personal belief exemptions may be available. The details of these opt-out options have not yet been released. Once these details are announced, they will be communicated to our Lucia Mar families. 

Does the Lucia Mar Unified School District's Board of Trustees have any local decision making authority in this matter?


It must be stated that as a district, we are obligated to follow state Health and Safety Code requirements, laws and regulations, and vaccination requirements under sections 120325 - 120380 of the California Health and Safety Code. That being said, Lucia Mar is very concerned about implementing a mandate on our school community that would either affect the employment status of staff or the in-person opportunities for our students. Between the exemptions that will be allowed and our expanded testing program, we believe that we will be able to continue as is for the foreseeable future. We believe that we can have a safe school community and respect the rights of students and staff at the same time. 

If you have opinions that you would like to share about this new regulation or provide input on the rulemaking process associated with this new mandate, please direct those to the California Department of Public Health or contact our local representatives. 

Assembly Member: Jordan Cunningham

State Senator: John Laird

County Health Masking Requirement
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Requirement for Universal Masking Indoors at K-12 Schools
COVID-19 Management Strategy
This is the PREVIOUS plan approved by the San Luis Obispo County Department of Health